Friday, May 03, 2013

Levon Aronian Wins Alekhine Memorial

The games of the last round of the Alekhine Memorial were played on 1st May in St. Petersburg.

Levon Aronian and Boris Gelfand shared the first place with 5.5 points each. The Armenian Grandmaster had a better tie-break score and was awarded the top prize. The Israeli Grandmaster took the second place.

The reigning World Champion Vishy Anand finished third with 5 points.

The prize for a game in Alekhine's style was given to Laurent Fressinet, who defeated Vladimir Kramnik in Paris.

The best combination prize went to Ding Liren for his victory against the future tournament winner.

Boris Gelfand received the best technique prize, and Nikita Vitiugov got the last special prize for the best play during the St. Petersburg half of the tournament.

Resuts of the round 9: Aronian – Vachier-Lagrave 1-0, Adams – Kramnik 0-1, Gelfand – Anand, Vitiugov – Ding Liren, Svidler – Fressinet draws.

The final standings. 1-2. Aronian and Gelfand – both 5.5; 3. Anand – 5; 4-8. Adams, Vitiugov, Fressinet, Kramnik, and Vachier-Lagrave – all 4.5; 9. Ding Liren – 3.5; 10. Svidler – 3.

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